My Amish Home: Counting blessings during a busy summer

"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee. When thou walkest through fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God." Isaiah 43:2-3

What a beautiful morning! After several days of dreary, stormy, cold weather, we now have a clear, sunny morning. When I was out earlier, in the predawn darkness, it was awesome. So quiet, not windy. I should have just gone on a walk, to further enjoy the peacefulness of the morning. It seems like we had so many cool and windy days lately.

When the sun came out, it was really warm. Oh my! How good it felt!

I hadn't done any laundry yet this week. It was too rainy. This morning, I had no choice. I strung up lines inside and hung the stuff up inside. Praise the Lord for the blessing of a spinner!

After lunch, when the sun came out, I hung out the stuff that wasn't dry. What a blessing that the sun came out!

Grandson Robert is on vacation this week, so he is out mowing yard. How I'd love to be out mowing. The spirit is calling, but I have to keep my ducks in a row and my priorities straight. First things first.

Husband Erwin had vacation last week; most of the other shops have vacation this week. Of course, by the time this comes out, vacations will be past, as will the Horse Progress Days.

Almost I'd like to go. Both of our sons-in-law will be helping. Grandsons Robert and Jeffrey will ride their horses and help direct traffic as to where to park, etc.

I guess we really couldn't go even if we wanted to. We will be headed to Missouri on Friday for a Plank reunion. It will be at my cousin Caroline and John Sommers' place. It is from my grandpa John C. Plank on down. Out of Grandpa's 10 children, only one is left. That is Andy Plank. Then there are two in-laws, Andy's wife, Edna, and my mom. Edna is not well at all at this time. She is 89 years old. Andy is 88.

As I was getting some stuff ready for our trip, I had to think back to years ago. My dad grew up in Plain City, Ohio. I can't remember making many trips to Ohio, but one sticks in my mind. I was probably a tween. At the time, my dad worked for Russel Harshman in Sullivan. One of the guys he worked with offered to take us to Plain City. He did it for $50! Can you imagine?

Nowadays, if we hire a taxi to go to Decatur or Champaign, it costs at least twice that, possibly more.

When we came home, Dad told Mom we went all the way and back without a spare tire. She had a fit!

I loved going to Plain City. I especially loved going to Uncle Sam's place. They lived back in a long lane, close to the woods. Early mornings were so beautiful. Uncle Sam had some burros that I loved. I would have liked to go play with them, but I had no girl cousins my age and the boys thought I was a pesky brat, and I was too bashful to do anything on my own. So I stayed in the house, wishing someone would at least walk with me out to the woods.

So, anyway, I am looking forward to seeing the Plank relatives again. I know not nearly all of them will be there. One of my cousins passed away not too long ago. He was close to my age. After we were older, we had a lot of enjoyable times. As kids, we had lots of fun, but we weren't always as nice as we could have been.

I really don't want to make this trip; I just want to be there. For one thing, I really don't like traveling. Another thing: Son-in-law Lloyds will have Sunday school here on our little compound. I hate to miss that. I will miss my little kids in preschool class. What if they discover that someone else will make a better teacher? Which is highly possible. I guess I just don't want them to find that out. I do enjoy being their teacher.

Oh well. One can't have everything and be everywhere.

In closing, a little girl who was asked where her home is replied, "It is where my mom is."

I found this recipe in an old (1978) magazine. I figured since zucchinis are probably getting ripe, you might have need of it.

ZUCCHINI BREAD

3 cups flour

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon soda

2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini

1 cup chopped nuts

1 cup raisins

3 eggs

1 cup oil

In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, zucchini, nuts and raisins.

In another bowl, beat eggs and oil. Pour over flour mixture and stir until moistened. Turn into 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 11/2 hours. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert on rack.

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